Three-quarters of ‘outstanding’ schools lose top grade

Tes is reporting that less than a quarter of the “outstanding” schools inspected by Ofsted in the first term of this school year kept their top grade, new figures reveal.

The inspectorate said today that just 23 per cent of the 117 schools it had inspected from 1 September to 31 December retained their “outstanding” judgement.

“Outstanding” schools are exempt from routine re-inspection but Ofsted has asked the Department for Education to remove this.

Last year the inspectorate warned the government that the situation was unsustainable after a National Audit Office report found that 1,620 schools had not been inspected for six years or more, including 296 schools that had not been inspected for 10 years.

At the end 2018, Ofsted had judged 85 per cent of schools “good” or “outstanding” at their most recent inspection, down slightly on 86 per cent in August 2018 and 87 per cent in August 2017.

The number of inspections of schools previously judged to require improvement has decreased since 2014-15 and 2015-16. This year 58 per cent of these schools improved compared with 71 per cent in 2015-16.

A DfE spokesperson said: “As these statistics show, standards in our schools have risen significantly since 2010 – with 85 per cent judged to be “good” or “outstanding” compared to only 68 per cent in 2010.

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